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1925 – The “WSM Barn Dance” debuts on the Nashville radio station WSM. Two years later, the show is rechristened “The Grand Ole Opry.”
1894 – Billboard Advertising begins publication. Within a few years, it starts focusing on billboards for entertainment shows and drops “Advertising” from its name, and by the 1930s, it is covering radio and sales of a new medium: jukebox records.
1955 – Chrysler introduces the world’s first in-car sound systems – record players, complete with an assortment of classical vinyl, mounted under the dashboard. The unit measures about four inches high and less than a foot wide. The seven inch discs spin at 16 2/3 rpm and require almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players are discontinued in 1961.
1960 – Aretha Franklin plays a selection of standards at the Village Vanguard in New York City. It is her first non-gospel performance.
It’s hard to believe that a nondescript, seemingly-abandoned brick building on a street corner in Madison, WI could produced records like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkin’s Gish, and Death Cab for Cutie’s Plans, but that’s exactly what Smart Studios did.
1965 – The Supremes record “I Hear A Symphony.”
1962 – The Springfields’ “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” becomes the first British song to reach the top 20 on the US charts. Dusty Springfield goes on to have several more solo hits on her own.
1959 – Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army.
1958 – The first of Alan Freed’s Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn, New York’s Fox Theatre. Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Frankie Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton are all on the bill.